Festival of Chariots (Rath Yatra) in Novi
Take part in a celebration that began 5,000 years ago in India. On July 21, 2012, your family can experience an unforgettable parade and cultural festivities.
Novi is known for being super family friendly (Family Circle dubbed it one the top 10 family cities in the country just last year) – and incredibly diverse. Those two elements come together in a big way on July 21, 2012, during the annual Festival of Chartiots, or Rath Yatra, in Novi.
As one of the largest celebrations of the holiday of Rath Yatra outside of India, this festival brings thousands to the streets. A bit of history: Rath Yatra celebrates Lord Krishna's return to Vrindaban. The festival is traditionally held between June and July. Three specific deities – Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra – are worshipped on the streets in chariots that resemble temples.
During Novi's festival, children and adults will help carry an elaborate 40-foot-tall chariot over three miles of Novi.
This is the 27th annual parade for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) of Detroit. The mayor and others help kick off the march. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and the festival runs 1-6 p.m.
The event is free. There will also be a free Indian cuisine lunch, along with music and entertainment. Henna is a popular attraction for parents and children alike. And, to find your "center," try out some yoga with the crowd.
If you're looking to be immersed in the Hindu culture, this is a great opportunity – especially for children. There will be educational and cultural exhibits to visit. And you won't to miss the dancing and the traditional costumes. If you see something you like, you may be able to purchase it in the shopping area!
Free parking is available at the Novi High School and Novi Civic Center. Restrooms are available at the Novi Library.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 Festival of Chariots in Novi.